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March Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Mar 9, 2018
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Rathtrevor Provincial Park -  March 13, 2018


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with a calm wind off the Strait of Georgia.  Light rain started just as we were finishing the walk.  Over three hundred Dunlin, several
 Black-bellied Plovers and one Sanderling were seen feeding along the shoreline.  Hundreds of Mew Gulls,  California Gulls, Iceland(Thayer's) Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls noisily filled the shore all morning.  A very large raft of thousands of Brant, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and  Long-tailed Ducks were  seen further offshore. Pacific Loons and Common Loons were spotted even further offshore. As we were doing the tally at the end of the walk a Northern Harrier did a fly pass!

Seventeen birders including visiting birders from Edmonton saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Canada Goose, Brant, American Widgeon, Green-wing Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye,  Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Mew Gull, California Gull, Iceland(Thayer's} Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,  Black Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Anna’s Hummingbird,  Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow & Dark-eyed Junco.

Please Note:
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Tuesday Bird Walk on March 20, 2018 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE


Plummer Road - March 6, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with a calm wind off the Strait of Georgia—the feel of spring is in the air!  A Northern Shrike watched us from a short tree.  Three Gadwall were seen along the river.  The Strait of Georgia was covered with millions of birds! The herring spawn was in full force with thousands and thousands of Mew Gulls, Iceland Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls on the gravel bars in the estuary and on the Strait.  A Bald Eagle flew over the gulls and they  lifted and covered the sky in flight. Many flocks of Brant Geese flew down the Strait during the walk.  Very large rafts of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup stretched for a long distance from the estuary into the Strait.  An Eurasian Wigeon was spotted in with a small flock of  American Wigeon just off shore.  Five Orcas( Killer Whales) put on a great show us for a very long time. It was a whale of a bird walk!  A huge flock of Common Redpolls flew overhead at the end of the walk and landed in a tree giving us a great views.

Thirty-two birders including visiting birders from Ottawa, Saskatoon and Inverness  saw and heard the following fifty-eight species:

Canada Goose, Brant, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Wing-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Brandt’s Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Shrike, Black Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Iceland-Thayer's Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and Common Redpoll.

Please Note:

Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com)early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Tuesday Bird Walk on March 13, 2018 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial park in Parksville.. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park about 9:10 am.

Good birding

Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE



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